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HHS awards $60 million to supply exchanges with in-person assisters

The Department of Health and Human Services announces $60 million will go toward supplying the exchanges with navigators to help people get approved for health coverage.
September 16th, 2014

HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell recently revealed that $60 million in grant awards will be distributed to 90 organizations where either federal or state-run exchanges are operating.

Results mixed for health care spending in Massachusetts

Health care spending in the Bay State rose by more than 2 percent, but some providers were able to keep costs down.
September 15th, 2014

One of the states where health care cost have been increasing faster than inflation is Massachusetts, according to newly released data.

Fort Collins declared ‘America’s Safest Driving City’

Fort Collins was recently named the country's safest driving city.
September 12th, 2014

Insurance agents in Colorado apparently haven’t had to deal with too many auto insurance claims over the past several years, as for the fourth time in a row, the state is home to the city that has the safest drivers, based on the infrequency with which car crashes take place.

California Senate passes ride-sharing bill

Ride-sharing programs have created a lot of questions regarding auto insurance.
September 11th, 2014

A recent law was passed by the California legislature that could change the way in which ride-sharing programs work for the rest of the country.

Sentiment regarding ACA still mostly negative

People directly affected by the Affordable Care Act say that it's caused their premiums to rise, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey.
September 10th, 2014

When respondents were asked whether they considered themselves to be supporters of the ACA or opponents, approximately 47 percent said they considered the 2010 health care overhaul to be a bad thing, according to analysis performed by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

An effective closing requires a strong beginning

Closing a deal is as important as the sales pitch.
September 9th, 2014

You can be the most smooth-talking insurance agent in the world, but if you don’t complement your sales pitch with a strong closing line, all your efforts may be for naught.

Uninsured rate to be cut in half by 2023, report predicts

About 23 million people are expected to be uninsured in 2023, down from 46 million in 2012.
September 8th, 2014

Published in the medical journal Health Affairs, the report stated the uninsured rate in the U.S. will likely drop by 50 percent, thanks to a decline in the number of people without health insurance from 45 million in 2012 to 23 million by 2023, according to new estimates from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Parents confess to being ill-prepared for emergencies

A new report finds that parents have spent only one hour on emergency planning this year.
September 5th, 2014

The average parent spent just one hour on family emergency planning in the past year, according to a recent report conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the charitable organization Save the Children.

Less than half of consumers don’t have individual life insurance, poll finds

Individual life insurance protection is something many people don't have, according to a new LIMRA survey.
September 4th, 2014

Just 46 percent of middle-market consumers own an individual life insurance policy, according to newly released polling data from research organization LIMRA.

New challenges on tap for HealthCare.gov?

HealthCare.gov could cause some frustration in November, the newly appointed CEO to the website recently indicated.
September 4th, 2014

Closing in on Nov. 15, the start date for the second sign up period, insurance professionals everywhere are hoping this year’s incarnation won’t be a repeat of the 2013 version. However, according to the new head of HealthCare.gov, things should be better, but it won’t be flawless.